So far, I created a LOT of characters- they come from Tale of the Cattail Forest, Lizzy the Lizard, Greatest Discovery, and my Expansive World idea. However, some of the stories have better developed characters than others. What musicals do I think those characters would love?
Tale of the Cattail Forest
Tweetsie- due to being five, I think she would love anything relating to Disney. As in the princess ones at her age. Frozen, Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, and Lion King would be some of her favorites. She even would love Mary Poppins as well. Despite not being Disney, she would also love Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella- probably would be her favorite R/H musical. SPOILERS: due to being a performer herself, I think she would fall in love with a number of musicals as she gets older.
Sparkle- she is someone who would literally draw anything. Does that mean she would literally fall in love with many musicals? She, like Lizzy, is adventurous, so she would be able to relate to Belle.
Misty- well, she is a singer by nature. Actually, in a lot of ways, she does have the protective side of Belle, so maybe Beauty and the Beast. At her age (12). As she gets older, I am thinking Wicked and Les Misérabes due to that side of her.
Sarge- I don’t think he will realize this at first, but I think he will love Phantom of the Opera. I think he will be able to relate to the Phantom. After all, he was abused growing up leading him to have an anger problem. He didn’t even realize how broken and lonely he really became. Physical and emotional scars were left on him. Nightmares were memories- those made things worse. As a matter of fact, I think he even could connect to Beauty and the Beast——as in the Beast, who had a temper he couldn’t control until someone helped changed his life.
Lizzy the Lizard
Lizzy- I think her favorite musical will be Beauty and the Beast. She is a very curious and adventurous lizard. Leading her to accidentally escape her citrus farm. I mean, she is the main character of a picture book.
Jasmine- for sure, she would Aladdin especially because she is named after the princess Jasmine. She would love anything Disney- from Aladdin to Beauty and the Beast to Lion King to Mary Poppins, etc. She even would love Newsies when it comes to stage. Even Tangled and Frozen. I mean, she and her twin sister had Disney-loving parents. She would also love Wicked. She would take a strong delight to seeing the costumes and how they were made.
Aurora- she would love Wicked when she gets to see it and just like Jasmine, any one of the Disney musicals she saw when her parents were still alive. Aladdin, Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, and later in life, Tangled and Frozen and soon enough Newsies. When she sees Wicked, she would see Glinda as a fairy princess especially at the bubble dress- Aurora is quite innocent and naive even though they would be seeing Wicked close to age 11.
This is true about Aurora and Jasmine- they have a similar sisterly friendship that Elsa and Anna have. Jasmine is fiercely protective of Aurora especially since their parents died. Aurora, on the other hand, is more curious, innocent, and naive. Wouldn’t be surprised on how much they would love Frozen.
As a matter of fact, all of the orphans in GD would love Wicked due to the strong friendship they have. They are like sisters in so many ways.
Ayra- yes I barley know her. But I keep on having this feeling that she is a warrior-type character. So, she would probably love take a liking the most to the more emotional musicals. I think her favorite musical would probably be Les Misérables. Considering the time period. I mean one of the main aspects of Les Mis is the uprising. I think Ayra knows what its like to bedifferent- so I think she would take a liking to Wicked as well and even Newsies. I really think she would be drawn to musicals that do take a focus on the underdogs.
Yes, I didn’t use all of my characters. At least, I was able to use my main characters from all of these WIPS.
Yes, I have listed favorite lyrics from musicals before, but what if this time I only used lyrics from the survivors. As a matter of fact, MOST musical theatre characters stay alive during their musical. Even those characters sing sad and heartbreaking songs.
“Courage cannot Erase our Fear. Courage is when we Face our Fear”
“No Day But Day”
“Edelweiss, Edelweiss Every morning you greet me Small and white, clean and bright You look happy to meet me”
“Tale as Old as Time”
“The Sun Will come Out Tomorrow”
“I have Been Changed For Good”
“I’ve Got to Find my Corner of the Sky”
“Phantom faces at the window Phantom shadows on the floor Empty chairs at empty tables Where my friends will meet no more”
“A Heart Full of Love”
All of “True Love”- a song that never should have been cut from Frozen
All of “All I Ask of You”
This is hard. Each time I thought of an amazing lyric, it belonged to one of the lyrics that belonged to a character that didn’t survive the musical. There are a LOT of incredible lyrics in musical theatre.
Yes, I have written LOTS of posts that list the musicals I have seen. What if I just sort by the actual writers of the musical? I will specifically refer to famous lyricists/composers. I will still mention future shows I hope to see of these writers- those will be in bold (saw their movies, just not in person).
Rodgers and Hammerstein
What can go wrong with Rodgers and Hammerstein? My favorite musical they wrote is Sound of Music, which is partly because it is a childhood favorite. My favorite song from Sound of Music is “Edelweiss”. The BEST part about ending the 2015 musicals with Sound of Music is connected to it being a childhood musical.
Oklahoma wasn’t seen on tour, but with Central Piedmont Community College. Two of its actors came from Godspell- those playing Laurey and Will Parker. Ashton Guthrie, who played Curly, would move on to be in CPCC’s Newsies. Like any CPCC production, it was well-done.
While I only saw R/H musicals so far, I am not done yet——I still hope to see their Cinderella in the future (I missed my chance when it first toured to Charlotte).
Of all musicals, he is most famous for RENT. It is based off of the tragic love story, La Bohème. Rent deals with the HIV/AIDS epidemic- four of our major characters have the illness. Rent has an incredible message of how to live life- in the moment and in love. While I don’t have HIV/AIDS, I still can understand the struggle through my Epilepsy- which also presents stress, fear, and uncertainty. So, I am able to relate to this musical. I really felt like this musical will never tour again, but after hearing it will come back to Charlotte for 2017, I was pretty excited. In terms of emotional wreck, next level down from Les Mis.
Favorite Song- Seasons of Love
Yes, Alan Menken is famous for Disney musicals, however Elton John is extremely well-known for Lion King. It is such an incredible show to watch- so colorful and wonderful to watch how the animals were created. A collection of exciting and emotional songs. I actually saw Lion King twice in person, but only remember once.
Favorite Song- Can You Feel the Love Tonight
I mean, it would be difficult to miss to a Alan Menken musical. After all, he is famous for Disney musicals, a type of musical children grow up on. I saw BOTH Aladdin and Newsies in person. Aladdin was seen on 9/11 two years ago—-a perfect way to end the day. I loved the additional songs and the added characters (as in Babkak, Omar, and Kassim). It was so magical and colorful.
Favorite Song- A Whole New World
Newsies is actually my NEWEST Disney stage show to enter my life. The dancing is mind-blowing, the characters are incredible (my favorite Newsies are Jack Kelly and Crutchie), and the story is inspiring. A collection of exciting and emotional songs. I saw Newsies in person twice- once on tour and once with CPCC. Both were incredible productions.
Favorite song Seize the Day.
Another Alan Menken musical I hope to see in the future is Beauty and the Beast.
Andrew Lloyd Webber
Well, it will come of no surprise that I saw Phantom of the Opera. Phantom of the Opera, by the way, is my favorite ALW musical and will always be. I love the hauntingly beautiful nature of the musical. When I saw the musical in Greenville, I was spellbound from start to finish. As a matter of fact, this musical is home to one of my favorite love triangles.
The only other ALW musical I saw in person was Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. As a matter of fact, I got exposed to the songs at a early age- which was WAY before I even saw the musical. In elementary school, when I was in the children’s choir at church, for our end of our end of year performance, we actually sang some songs from Joseph.
2021- do you know what Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor marked? It marked the start of going back to musical theatre. Yes, it wasn’t through Blumenthal Performing Arts, but at CPCC. But if you see something at CPCC, you know you will see something professional. We had such a talented narrator and Joseph. As a matter of fact, a member of the children’s choir was in another CPCC show I went to and ushered for (she was the Young Cosette for Les Mis).
In total, I saw three of his musicals—-all of which I love.
The first belongs to GODSPELL, the very first musical I fell in love during my college years. Three of the actors would be seen in future productions—-in Les Mis, Oklahoma, and Joseph. Ryan Deal, who was Jesus, would become Valjean. An ensemble female member—-she moved on to be in the ensemble of Les Mis and eventually securing the role of Laurey. The Judas actor would soon be found as Will Parker.
One of the many things I remember are the costumes- hippie to pink dress with white star to a black and red costume. Favorite song- We Beseech Thee
PIppin was the 2nd musical of 2015. It was the song, Corner of the Sky, that drove me to wanting to see Pippin. I got even more excited after seeing previews of the tour- it was based on the Tony-Award Winning Revival. As in the circus version with the female Leading Player. As a matter of fact, Lisa Darlin was the BEST actor in the entire show- she played the Leading Player that night. My mom ended up with the last two tickets- so that was a close one.
Favorite Song- Corner of the Sky
Whenever I talk about Pippin, I have to be clear about what Pippin I am talking about. That is because I know about multiple Pippins- the musical and the hobbit.
I have a long history with Wicked- as in loved it for 15 years. Wicked is my favorite Schwartz musical. The musical also is home to my favorite love triangle- in my opinion, Wicked’s love triangle is the most complex (based on all the ones I have been around). The musical is also home to my favorite musical theatre character-Elphaba. To be honest- Wicked did spark my love for musical. I began to understand emotional connection, the emotional and complex side to musical, and even started to pick up on love triangles. In total, I have seen it four times- once on Broadway and three times on tour.
Favorite Song- Popular
Claude-Michel Schönberg/Alain Boublil
Miss Saigon is the latest of their musicals I have seen. Because of my love for their Les Mis, I was able to give this particular musical a chance. I knew I would be an emotional wreck watching Miss Saigon—–after all, same song-writing team.
There is a reason why just like Wicked, there are multiple pictures. That is because I have seen Les Mis SIX times in person. Yes, there are only four pictures- coming from CPCC, West End, Greenville on tour, and Charlotte on tour. The reason why it totals to six is because I ushered for CPCC’s production twice- leading that to be three times.
Ryan Deal, Jesus from Godspell, ended up as Valjean. All of those productions were fantastic- even CPCC’s. Like expected- an emotional wreck. The impact Wicked has made on my life is sort of like Les Mis, but different. In Les Mis’ case, what I knew about musicals got challenged- I was blind to heartbreak, to tragic musical, to that really strong emotional capability and to the fact that death can be memorable. I mean—–it would be so easy to think death would ALWAYS be unmemorable due the topic (1. what if a character isn’t alone and/or 2. what if it happens during a touching, bittersweet and moving song)
There are different types of musicals in our lives. The ones that tend to stay with us the longest are the ones that are truly meaningful. Those have the songs and characters and stories that continue to live in us—long after the curtain falls. There are even some meaningful musicals that only have a film- as in we still haven’t seen the stage show yet (but they already have become meaningful).
This one was pretty obvious. Hard to believe that this musical entered my life 15 years ago- August 2006. My mom and I were in NYC, and we went to Broadway to see Wicked. Little did I know that when I saw the show that I would be changed “for good”. This musical actually sparked my love for musicals. I truly started to understand the world of musicals because of Wicked.
That is because I truly started to understand emotional connection- a highly important part of a number of emotions. I began to understand the complex and emotional side to musical. Complex- I started to pick up on the fact that musicals are capable of being complex in both stories and with characters. Emotional- well, I began to be aware of four core emotions (excitement, love, joy, and sad). This all started to be understood during the first two viewings of the musicals.
The picture below is from NYC!!
Well, while Wicked sparked my love for musicals, no passion was created. Les Mis would be the final step—it decided to challenge a NUMBER of things I THOUGHT I knew about musicals. I told myself ALL musicals were HAPPY, that DEATH wouldn’t be memorable, and thought the EMOTIONS were as strong as they were going to be. I was telling myself, I will never love a tragedy (that was my high-school self).
Les Mis decided to prove me wrong. I was able to discover that tragedies exist in musicals. In addition, the emotion of heartbreak decided to enter- it really did help that sad already existed. Even death started to become memorable- after all, songs happen at a character’s death (wasn’t expecting that either). Usually in a musical, I can choose my favorite song, but can’t in Les Mis. Les Mis’ songs are a mixture of epic, powerful, passionate, and highly emotional songs. In addition, there were always be a character you will emotionally bond to- I actually emotionally connected to most of the principal characters (Jean Valjean, Fantine, Cosette, Marius, Eponine, Enjolras and the students). I am an emotional wreck each time I watch Les Mis- doesn’t matter if it is the film, a filmed concert, the stage show, or the soundtrack.
I was able to realize tragedies are so much more. Les Mis is a story of hope, sacrifice, love, redemption, humanity, and forgiveness. Just about ALL the major characters have some sort of HOPE and have LOVE (love meaning NOT just connected to romance—-some have it by family, country, friendship, or God).
Rent is another meaningful heartbreaking musical. This sounds strange to say, but I fell in love with Rent before Les Mis. That was only because I fell in love with Rent by songs alone——meaning things were out of context resulting in NOT knowing the plot or who the characters were. Rent has already proved to be meaningful and became more and more meaningful as time went on.
The message of Rent is a HUGE reason why it means something to be. The musical’s motto is “No Day but Today”. As in, it shows you should live in the moment and in love. Seasons of Love, the show’s title song, says “how do you measure, a year in the life, how about love”.
There is another reason why the musical means something to me- I am finding that I really can relate to the character. Yes, the musical focuses on those dealing with HIV/AIDS, but struggling with Epilepsy can present some similar emotions—-stress, uncertainty, fear. Even though I struggle with something different, I still can understand some of their struggles due to the Epilepsy I deal with. Les Mis and Rent are the heartbreaking musicals that make me an emotional wreck.
Courage cannot erase our Fear
Courage is when we face our Fear
Seize the Day
The moment I heard those lyrics in Seize the Day, I realized Newsies is a meaningful musical. This is actually the NEWEST stage Disney musical to enter my life. I remember being mind-blown by the dance when I first saw the stage show August of 2016. Crazy how just a few lyrics can tell you whether or not a musical is meaningful?
Lion King/Aladdin/Beauty and the Beast
Why did I just group all four of these Disney musicals together? That is because ALL of them are meaningful. Lion King, Aladdin, and Beauty and the Beast are childhood musicals. There is something about the childhood musicals that no other musical can recreate. The songs that really stuck with me growing up happen to be the main love song from each of them. There is just something so magical about Disney romance.
I really wanted to see this musical in 2020, as in the one I wanted to see the MOST. But due to COVID, it had to be postponed. At least, the US Tour of Frozen will resume in September and making it back to Charlotte in June of 2022. I really think part of my love for Frozen comes from Wicked- there are a couple of similarities- Elphaba/Elsa, Glinda/Anna, Friendship/Sisterhood, and Defying Gravity/Let it Go. I actually really believe that excellent Elsa actresses can play excellent Elphaba’s and vice versa. As a matter of fact, the stage show of Frozen improved their beginning—–I have the Original Broadway Soundtrack. However, the tour cut out my favorite added song—“True Love”, a heartbreaking song meant for Anna (seriously??? she is one of our two protagonists).
Of ALL Disney musicals, I still really want to see Frozen and Beauty and the Beast, two I still haven’t seen in person.
Annie is my favorite childhood musical. A lot of that comes from the character of Annie, who is optimistic, one of my strongest characteristics.
Sound of Music
Just like the Disney musicals and Annie, I grew up on Sound of Music. That is a HUGE reason why Sound of Music is my favorite Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals. Full of a wide range of memorable songs. Edelweiss, my favorite song from the musical, was my first piano recital song. When I finally saw the stage show, I felt like like a kid again. Even when Edelweiss hit me at a more emotional level, that childhood nostalgia was still in the musical.
There is a HUGE chance I left off some other meaningful musicals, but this is what I came up with for now. Those were just the easiest to think of.